Monday, February 27, 2017

County Civil War Veteran fought in VA

D Scherer and J King continue to research local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. F Price and J Brunson, after doing over 1200 biographies, have 'retired'.

Kevin from Russell Co VA sent an email last week stating that he doing research on Civil War soldiers who had  served from Russell County, VA.  A soldier named Joseph Carrico served with the 6th VA Cavalry Battalion. The researcher had located Carrico in the 1880 Lawrence Co. IL census. Did we have anymore information?

J King agreed that the JOSEPH CARRICO listed in the 1880 Census of Allison Twp, Lawrence Co, IL was the same man as the Russell Co VA soldier who served in the 6th Va Cav. based on the names of the children, still at home--1860 Census of Russell Co Va vs the 1880 Census of Lawrence Co Ill.

But more importantly, King based this conclusion on the fact that a Dr. Smart was living with Joseph Carrico in 1880 as a boarder.  Dr. Smart was married to Joseph Carrico's daughter Isabelle, who died in Vincennes, Indiana, on 10 Sep 1901.  Isabelle Smart received a Union Civil War Widow's Pension after the 1894 death of her husband Coleman D. Smart of Co I, 24th Ind. Inf. & Co H, 67 Ind. Inf.

In the 1888 City Directory of Vincennes, Albert, Miss Florence, & Lafayette Carico were living in the household of Dr. C.D. Smart at 417 N. 2nd St in Vincennes.  In 1900, only Albert Carico was living with his widowed sister, Isabelle F. Smart at 21 South 2nd St in Vincennes.

King found the obituary and the Indiana record of death of Isabell F Carrico Smart  and the marriage license for Isabell and Coleman D. Smart.  Furthermore he thinks that there is a very good chance that JOSEPH CARRICO is buried at the Protestant Cemetery in Vincennes,  Four of his children were living in Vincennes in 1888,Albert, Florence, Lafayette, & Isabelle.  Two of his children were living in Vincennes in 1900 & 1901, Isabelle Smart & Albert Carico.

Isn't it time you started doing your family research?  Do you know if you have any Civil War soldiers in your family tree?  The Research Library on Lexington Ave, Lawrenceville, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9-12) or by appointement.  The researchers there will be happy to get you started on your search.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Telephone Operator Renders Aid

Lawrence County News  October 10, 1961 Telephone Operator Answers Call of Need

On October 6 that Barbara Wright answered a telephone call at the Lawrenceville exchange and all she heard was “Please call the hospital, I need help.”  She immediately contacted Kathryn Marx, assistant chief operator telling her that someone at phone 832 was in trouble, and Miss Marx learned that the call came from the phone of Mrs. Ella Zanetis.  She knew that Helen Kounelis, an employee of the hospital is a daughter of Mrs. Zanetis, and called her. 

When Mrs. Kounelis arrived at her mother’s home she learned that her mother had fallen and broken a wrist and was in a state of shock.  She had her taken to Memorial Hospital and treatment was started.  

The quick thinking on the part of the two telephone employees saved Mrs. Zanetis many hours of suffering. 

Don't forget the meeting on Monday Night at 7 pm at the History Center about Telephones in Lawrence County. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday February 27, 2017--Bill Hanson will present Program

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO MEET ON FEBRUARY 27TH

            The Lawrence County Historical Society will hold its monthly program meeting on Monday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m., at the History Center on the corner of 12th and State in Lawrenceville. 

The guest speaker will be former Lawrenceville resident, Bill Hanson, who will present a program on the “History of the Telephone and How It Shaped Our Lives.”  Hanson and his late wife, Helen, owned and operated Communication Products and Equipment Company for fourteen years, manufacturing telephones and associated equipment designed for the vision and hearing impaired.  Prior to having his own business, Hanson worked 17 years for Suttle Apparatus as vice president of manufacturing.  He came to Lawrenceville after working for the telephone manufacturing unit of International Telephone and Telegraph. 

An avid collector of vintage telephones, Hanson recently donated part of his collection to the Historical Society, and these items will be on display for Monday evening’s program.


            The meeting is free and open to the public. 

Stop by Saturday 9-3 to view the new telephone exhibit and watch a new 7- minute documentary on  the Bridgeport Fire.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Building a New Exhibit-- Number PLease?


Thanks to the help of a great design team, Ellen White and Nancy King, the newest Exhibit for the Lawrence County History Center is almost completed.  First of course, we had to take down the Pearl Fishing and Button exhibit.  This included Larry Curry and Dan Scherer moving the Suttle Switchboard ("it  weighs a ton!" to hear them tell the story) and the mussel bar with its many dangerous hooks (What! no hazardous pay for volunteers?)

 Then we enlisted the help of John White to build some moving walls and new shelves as well as Steve Shearer to hang some of his vintage signs.



Kaye Fisher and Donna Burton completed the work by hunting up photographs, as well as researching and labeling the phones that were donated by Wm Hanson.  Photographs of some of the 50 wonderful vintage phones have been posted on this blog in the last couple of weeks.  Now the public can see them and really appreciate the History of the Telephone in Lawrence County this Saturday 9am-3pm at the History Center.

Monday February 27, Mr. Hanson will be presenting a program at 7 pm at the History Center.  Come early to get a good seat and while you are waiting, you can watch the newest documentary --Friday 13, 1913, The Bridgeport Fire. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recent Donations

Recent donations to the History Center:

Fan, ornately cut out with floral lace pattern

Collection of items about E C Cunningham

FHA pin
Lawrence County Fair ribbon circa 1940's
Collection of photos and lists of students and teachers for Pinhook School
St Francisville Mutual Union Mortuary Assessment
Funeral Memorial for Otis F Foss
Folder of newspaper clippings and photos  of BTHS Class of 1945
Certificate of Merit for Lewis Newell 1927 received from Lawrence County Fair Assn for the baby contest ( He received a score of 96)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

St Francisville News

The Vincennes Morning Commercial
Wall Style phone, multi-line with
hold and intercom lines--
have you seen this phone?
 November 3, 1911 
Items of Interest Concerning Persons and Events in and about St. Francisville 

A large crowd attended the Union Meeting held at the ME Church Sunday night. Mrs. Sarah Smith and daughter, Irene, left Tuesday to attend her son Lee’s wedding, which took place at Seymour Indiana, Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock. William Highfield and wife visited with relatives at Bone Gap, Illinois, Sunday. Several from here attended the Gillespie-– Smith wedding at the home of William  Bys in the country on Thursday evening. The businessmen have decided on 28 December to raffle off the automobile which they are giving away.

School was dismissed half a day Monday owing to the breaking of the pump. John Perry has sold his home in the western part of the city to Mr. Glenn for $1750. Callie Winkler is spending a few days in Arkansas visiting the country. J M Perry and family will soon leave for Texas to live, in hopes the change will be a benefit to his wife’s health. Dr. Brian and Wesley Shroyer returned Friday from a 10 day hunting trip in Arkansas. Miss Ida Whiteman after a lingering illness of paralysis died Friday at 3 PM. The funeral service was preached by Rev. Bogard at the UB Church. Burial took place in the Oak lawn Cemetery Sunday afternoon. 

The basketball team came down from Hudsonville, Illinois and played St. Francisville’s team Saturday afternoon but were defeated in both games. E H McKelfresh and bride, after a few days wedding trip have returned to his place and gone to housekeeping in one of C L Lewis’ residences in the south part of the city. Quite a crowd of  young people attended the pie supper given by Miss Margaret Black, teacher at the Liberty schoolhouse, 4 miles in the country, Friday night. 

The young people gave John Perry, Jr. a Halloween party Tuesday evening. A. Siegel having purchased the William Hickman residence in the northern part of the city, has moved with his family from the country. Andy Scott has returned to St. Louis, Thursday night, after spending his furlough from the regular Army with his mother here. Sharon Highsmith returned home Saturday from three years’ service as a musician in the regular Army.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Recent Donations

Some recent donations to the History Center:

An original signed copy of the Yellow Violet
by local author, Frances Kirkwood Crane
Baptismal Certificate for
Lillie Fern Lewis 1912

Marriage certificate for Lewis A Newell and Lillie F Lewis 1921 


A medal from a grade school band competition

A School Safety Patrol Pin